As part of our long term goal of building a truly inclusive and united Great Britain, we feel it is fundamental to push this message to young children.
Education is a vital tool; one which we must utilise if we are to achieve our Aims and Objectives. To this end, we work collaboratively with the leading children’s charity, Mosaic, on their secondary school mentoring programme.
Members of British Muslim Youth act as mentors in certain schools that have signed up this program with Mosaic. Not only do we engage with children and discuss issues of concern to them, our members also assist them with developing their skills on confidence, self-efficacy and nurture their long -term employability skills.
Our members have expertise in law, engineering, pharmacy, history, politics and social work (to name but a few). We use our experiences to motivate and inspire future generations to achieve the very best in life and become active citizens who contribute to a truly unique and wider community.
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Anti terrorism and deradicalisation are rooted within almost each and every one of our events. The founding of Rotherham Muslim Youth itself was an attempt at deradicalisation, by promoting the true image of Islam, which is one of love, peace and harmony.
The British Muslim Youth has tackled the issues surrounding terrorism and extremism on various platforms, including national television debates. In the aftermath of the heinous attack on the soldier Lee Rigby, the Rotherham Muslim Youth evolved into a national voice for young people across the country on counter-terrorism.
The build up of the British Muslim Youth and its creation was based around the earlier experiences of the founding member, Muhbeen Hussain.
You can view the links below which illustrates some of our work around this topic:
British Muslim Youth took a national platform regarding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) after the finding of the Jay report. However for many years the organisation has been campaigning and speaking against it.
On 28th September 2013, the Founder of the organisation; Muhbeen Hussain, spoke against CSE as the ‘Times reported widespread abuse of girls by Asian men in the country’. Muhbeen Hussain argued all communities should “stand against” the exploitation on various platforms.
The organisation continued its efforts to speak against CSE even when it formed as a national organisation on the 7th July 2013. The launch itself discussed various strategies on dealing with the issue.
The importance of the issue to the organisation was of such that the launch included speakers such as Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a lifelong campaigner against CSE, who was once a lone voice in speaking out against the problems of CSE. Qari Imam Asim MBE, a leading Imam standing firmly against CSE, was also amongst the speakers at the event. They spoke and highlighted their stance on the national issues surrounding CSE.
Further in August 2013, the Times Andrew Norfolk’s report highlighted clear failings and issues linking to CSE within Rotherham. The British Muslim Youth at that time demanded for arrests to be made and an independent inquiry on the full horrors of the problem, on BBC Radio Sheffield.
In August 2014 came the Jay report highlighting the horrors, to the extent that even previous finding such as the Norfolk report couldn’t predict. Many on this occasion became silent, whether that was because of fear of speaking out, shock at the sheer number or because they felt fearful of reprisals. The British Muslim Youth took the lead from the very first day.
Within the first few days local, nation and international media stations had interviewed BMY. A common question was being asked time and time again: what is the communities view. Many organisations gave their opinions on the community’s viewpoint. British Muslim Youth wished to go further and show the whole nation and the world that the Rotherham communities true response was.
Within the first few days of the story breaking, the organisation organised a live community/press conference, with cameras going live nationally via various national media outlets. With tensions already high due to the report, it’s findings and the large-scale fear of reprisals this was a significant moment for the town of Rotherham. Whilst Muhbeen Hussain addressed the live television audience, he spontaneously took the risk to ask the audience for their emotions and views. The public on air denounced the actions as “not in their name” and called for arrests and prosecutions of the perpetrators. The also condemned the local authority and South Yorkshire Police for its grave failure to protect the victims.
Never before had a minority community being put in headlines, tarnished and questioned as a whole on CSE and come out in the first few days in collective voice standing firmly with the victims of the crime.
As days went by, more and more members of the community felt that everyone must come out on a united platform. Not in an apologetic fashion or even a reaction to the far right, but to send a clear message that there will be no place for criminals within Rotherham; the community is stood united and will work towards justice for the 1400 victims of CSE.
Similar types of cases of CSE had hit other towns and cities across the UK but this case and its sheer number of victims was on a larger scale.
However, so was the response. Never before in any other town and city with these reports have the minority community led a united stance, a united demonstration against CSE.
Saturday 20th September 2013, was the day in which the British Muslim Youth held its demonstration campaigning for the Justice for the 1400 victims. Hundreds turned out from all aspects of Rotherham united on this call for justice. Various different groups supported the event and speakers included Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan
‘Unite, Stand, Clean’, was an initiative that came from the grass roots of the organisation. The idea stemmed behind the belief that both British values and the values of Islam believe in the promotion of cleanliness within our local communities.
This project allowed the engagement of young people to gain awareness on the full effects to littering as they cleaned the streets. The strategy undertaken on this project made this more than just a litter pick.
The area chosen was leafleted before hand, giving the local residents awareness of the date, timings and aims of the latter pick. This allowed many residents to help join the cause as the volunteers hit their streets on the day of the litter pick.
For many it allowed neighbours to come out on the streets and make conversation, which ignited through this project. Furthermore, many young volunteers were also from the local neighbourhood; they too made conversation and even eradicated the viewpoint that young people aren’t interested in the effects of littering.
The project in the end became more than a litter-pick; sparking conversation and building on the community spirit.
Many organisations throughout the country take part in ‘homeless’ projects that provide individuals with either shelter, meals, tinned food etc. In August 2013, the British Muslim Youth decided to take part in similar efforts by providing a meal a week for the ‘houseless’ community.
The British Muslim Youth believes that the core principle in this project is to eradicate the view of these individuals being ‘Homeless’, but rather they are ‘houseless’. Due to certain circumstances, such as losing their job, lack of life opportunities or even unforeseen events, many individuals within this community are left without a shelter.
However a ‘Home’ is where a family lies and our organisation stresses that although they are without shelter or family, their family and therefore their home is with the British Muslim Youth.
Within these projects, individuals are presented with a free meal on a weekday evening, along with a conversation from members volunteering. It gives an insight for everyone to share stories, build bonds and relations with each other.
The food that has previously been provided has ranged from simple foods, to curry, rice, samosas and many Asian delicacies, which provides a different orientation of food within the week for the individuals.
Millions of British Muslims throughout Britain fast and take part in the Holy month of Ramadhan each year. This is the month in which Britain’s most charitable Community (The Times-2013) shares its wealth with those most in need from around the world.
Occasionally, non-Muslims do get some insight of the month of Ramadhan through short national media awareness programs. However, the question arose whether this was being filtered through the grass roots in local communities?
Thus the Rotherham Muslim Youth (the name prior to us being called British Muslim Youth) saw a perfect opportunity to organise an event, which not only spread awareness and understanding about the true message of Islam and the holy month of Ramadhan, but also could be used an initiative to bring communities together.
The event was named ‘Unite, Fast, Remember’, with the aim being to unite communities with common values of humanity, by fasting and remembering those less fortunate than us. Muslims, Non Muslims, Doctors, Teachers, Councillors, people from all aspects of the community came together on a night in which they would all break their sponsored fasts together in an evening of awareness, speeches and entertainment.
The event was a huge success, with hundreds turning out to take part in the event. At the end of the event, £2600 was raised to support Kelford; a local specialist school within the area. As mentioned above, the Muslim community gives huge amounts to charity within the month of Ramadhan. However, majority of this charity is allocated to deprived countries around the world, but we challenged this practice and helped those most in need on our own doorstep.
With Government cuts due to austerity measures, many specialist schools also received cuts in their funding. Therefore the Rotherham Muslim Youth decided that in times of austerity, we would take it upon ourselves by not forgetting the deprived in our local communities.
Finally the cheque was presented to Kelford in a special assembly, where members of the organisation were also invited. The children from the school undertook this assembly that involved song and dance. After being invited to this and seeing where the funds were going, many members of the organisation stated, they ‘had never felt prouder to be part of the organisation and the work it carries out’.